yeah, people should lose weight if they want to. i did, and i started exercising, too. however, i'm just not that keen on going down that road any more than we already have. health care is already ridiculously expensive, and let's be honest here : even if they did charge the overweight more, they won't charge the rest of us less. they'll say they will, and maybe even claim that the costs are just going up so fast that us paying what we're paying already is the discount, but in the end, they're just going to pocket the money.
how do i know this? a year or two ago, my employer sent us a letter offering a pretty significant percent discount for being a nonsmoker. well, i am a nonsmoker, so i was totally relieved. i sign the sheet, get my first paycheck of the fiscal year, and guess what? my rate still went up. i'm thinking there's an error or something, so i ask around. turns out that they just jacked the premiums WAY up on the smokers. my discount was that my insurance went up by the same percentage that it would have anyway or maybe a percent or two less. woohoo, discount!
that's what will happen. count me as a no vote.
I believe that a discussion on this is an exercise in futility. Companies that sell health insurance have in the past either denied policies to high risk populations, or they have charged higher premiums. Now with the ACA, any attempt at getting people to live responsibly has been shot in the foot. We will ALL shoulder the higher costs. I certainly think, though, that there should be some 'reward' for the person who practices good health maintenance, not smoking, rotting his liver with alcohol or drugs, keeping weight under control, not engaging in risky sports, etc. But I'm sure that will not occur in my lifetime.
And the poster earlier was correct, not everyone can keep their weight at an optimal level because there are so many medications which cause metabolic changes and concurrent weight gain.
Redneck, hillbilly, fundie, Bible thumper, cracker, split tails, geezer, loon, xenophobe, islamaphobe, and homophobe are not words of tolerance.
Why punish people for being overweight?
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Is obesity a contributing factor or a direct cause???
Which illnesses and diseases would you "judge" as needing to be charged a higher rate to fat people?
Last edited by 1750Texan; 06-20-14 at 03:50 PM.
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